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What Can I Do with an Asian Studies Major?


 The Asian Studies program at Belmont University offers a major and minor in Asian Studies and is complemented by the Department of Foreign Languages which offers minor programs in Chinese and Japanese.

Proficiency in an East Asian language and a knowledge of its culture, history, literature, economic and political dynamics opens doors to a wide range of opportunities for individuals who study in these fields.

 Today, students of Asia and its principal languages enjoy expanded job opportunities, enhanced by a growing world economy and new political relationships.

 An impressive number of corporations and agencies operate branches worldwide as China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea have become more important in international trade.

 Many careers do not require a specific major, but rather a wide range of demonstrated skills and accomplishments that can be enhanced by Asian Studies and language study. Regardless of your career choices, increase your marketability to employers through internships, responsible work experience, good grades and involvement in college activities.

Employment Opportunities:


International Client Specialist

Bilingual Editor

International Relations Coordinator

Consultant to Asian Corporation


Director of Center for Asian Studies

Journalist for Foreign Affairs

Education Marketing Administrator

Marketing Associate

Embassy Personnel

Nonprofit Organization Associate

English Teacher Abroad

Overseas Representative

Foreign Correspondent


Foreign Student Advisor


Government Agency Employee

Social Work related to Asia

Immigration Agent

Study Abroad Coordinator

International Business

Translation Specialist


Possible Career Paths:

Please note that list includes careers requiring differing degrees of education and training for which Asian Studies provides a complement, but may not be the only preparation or degree needed.

  • Translator
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • International Sales
  • Foreign Student Advisor
  • Interpreter
  • Bilingual Editor
  • Customs Inspector
  • Journalist
  • Travel Agent
  • International Business
  • ESL Teacher
  • Immigration Agent
  • Embassy Personnel
  • Market Research
  • Study Abroad Coordinator
  • English Teacher Abroad
  • Importer/Exporter
  • Government Agent
  • Peace Corps Volunteer


Other Jobs in Asia

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have become a major political and economic force in Asia in recent decades. Some of these address the environment, others deal with health, labor, women's issues, AIDS, and agriculture. Look at the web site called the NGO Cafe, where you can find numerous links to other NGO sites.

Other NGO jobs are listed on the International Development Network's website, and at Environmental Expert.com.